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matrix

ma·trix

matrix

 
pronunciation:
meI trihks
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: matrices, matrixes
definition 1: an environment that gives form to or provides for the origin or development of something.
We learn language in the matrix of our particular culture.
synonyms:
birthplace, cradle, womb
similar words:
basis, bosom, fount, hotbed, medium, rise, root, wellspring
definition 2: the formative tissue at the base of fingernails and toenails.
synonyms:
quick
similar words:
base, root
definition 3: in geology, the rock or stone in which harder or coarser crystals, rocks, or fossils are embedded.
definition 4: a mold from which casts are made.
synonyms:
cast, mold
similar words:
form, frame
definition 5: in computer science, the network of electronic components that translates from one code to another.
similar words:
network, system
Word Parts
The word matrix contains the following part:
matr, matri, mater Latin root that means mother
synonyms:
patr, patri, pater